The increased reliance on virtual media for connections has also been a patent reminder that such technology can cross national boundaries with relative ease. Cryptocurrencies have long touted such border-crossing technology as a way to sustain financial transactions worldwide, secured by blockchain that involves multiple operators in the transactions.
To many privacy professionals, a “user-centered internet for individuals” would only exist in a perfect utopian world. Yet, as the blockchain ecosystem matures, individual control, trust, and security are consistent themes that blockchain and cryptocurrency platforms are attempting to tackle. In the not too distant future, a cryptographically secured digital identity may allow us to “trustlessly” complete transactions that would have previously required the exchange of personal data and layers of verification.